SCOTUS Votes in Favor of DACA Over Trump Threat

SCOTUS favored DACA today

One of the many institutions I would like to see abolished in my lifetime (or the next) is SCOTUS or the Supreme Court of the United States. That Americans give nine justices an inconceivable amount of power they can wield over millions of people until the day they retire or die is abhorrent. However, sometimes (extremely rarely) SCOTUS does the right thing, and today they voted in favor of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients—which includes approximately 800,000 Dreamers born and raised in America—and against deportation. Of course, this SCOTUS decision—decided on a 5-4 vote with Chief Justice John Roberts as the conclusive tally—does not mean that Tr*mp is barred from ever attacking or fighting DACA again, but that for now, Dreamers are safe in America (as opposed to the federal treatment of undocumented immigrants at the border). The other four judges who supported DACA recipients are Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Back in 2017, the Trump administration effectively ended DACA as we knew it as they stopped accepting applications into the federal program. According to NBC News, DACA was created on June 15, 2012 as a program that “temporarily shielded certain immigrants from deportation and made them eligible for work permits.” DACA Dreamers must be under 31 prior to June 15, 2012, have come to the U.S. before reaching their 16th birthday and lived in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007 in order to be eligible for the federal assistance. They also must be in school, graduated, or honorably discharged from the U.S. military as well as not being convicted of any type of crime to be eligible. SCOTUS handed Trump a loss in his fight against immigration of any kind (especially related to undocumented efforts) since he greatly favors deportation and unlawful incarceration. Although the decision is not the end all be all in the fight to keep Dreamers in America, DACA is here to stay for now, and that’s a cause worth celebrating.

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